Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cover crop

After a fruitless (pun intended) year in the orchard, we decided to prep for next year by composting between the rows and planting a winter cover crop of Austrian peas and other nitrogen fixers to help improve the soil. After Ashley dumped and spread our homemade compost up and down each row, Mike came through with the tiller and mixed it all in. Now all we need is some of that El Nino rain! #backyardorchard #soilimprovement

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Scout on Call

Jinx and Indiana Jones are off ranch all day at a class.  Scout took charge when the goats snuck out of the nursery.  As you can see, Pixie just won't be intimidated. ..especially if there is hay to be had.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Food plot

Just two passes with the tiller turned a rock hard field into 6" of loose topsoil for this 1/4 acre barley plot in in the back 40. Hopefully a few of those famous Monterey County wild pigs will visit it this winter and we can fill the freezer. #readyforrain #elnino

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Good news, vet just called and said Lil Scouty's tongue tumor came back benign (she had a big white lump removed last Monday). As you can see, the stitches have already dissolved and it's healed over nicely. Now she can get back to her usual jobs of relentless nuisance barking, eating everyone else's dinner and terrorizing the cat. #Shelties #ranchdog

Monday, October 19, 2015


The great fall migration has begun. I saw about 7 of these little monsters crossing the road on the way home last night. #arachnophobia


This goofy hen just decided to hatch a clutch of chicks in mid October out under the goat hotel. Now we gave to put Nella out there after night as Cotty might eat them. #freerangechickens #naturefindsaway #theyreprobablyallroosters


Nobody likes breakfast like pigs... And they don't even get bacon! #mangalitsa #woolypigs

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Three hours with the new (to us) $250 cultivator this morning made the lower pasture ready for rain. Once the weeds come up we'll turn it over again and then plant a balanced goat hay mixture. Haven't figured out the cutting and baling part yet but we have time.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Farm bling

Drove down to Morro Bay to see John the tractor guy and picked up a couple of lightly seasoned implements just in time for winter hay. We are going to try our hand at planting the lower pasture with a special goat mix and hope for those El Nino rains they keep talking about. #3pointplays #farmbling